Historic Kirkwood House (c. 1799)

The Historic Kirkwood House: Over 200 Years of Tradition

The Eves family purchased the colonial farmhouse nearly a quarter of a century ago; however, it wasn’t until several trips to the Ohio Historical Society in 2001 that Sandra Eves and her husband David recognized the home’s historical significance. The two story, colonial home, which was built by who would later become Associate Judge Jacob D. Lowe circa 1799, served as a farmhouse inn, accommodating the Lowe family and stagecoach travelers. The inn was a routine stopping place for Congressman Henry Clay and other distinguished politicians traveling to Washington D.C. throughout the 1800s.

Two decades after its construction in 1820, Postmaster William Kirkwood opened a post office at Lowe’s farmhouse inn and hitching post, saving locals a half-day trip to Lebanon to pick up mail. The Eves family has honored the home’s historical significance by keeping the name “Kirkwood” and delicately restoring the colonial farmhouse’s authentic character, including custom colors and furnishings.

The home has been renovated, offering modern conveniences and versatility for a wide variety of small social gatherings including dinner parties, teas, business meetings, luncheons, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Despite renovations, many of the home’s original features remain in tact. Structural hand-hewn black walnut beams, hardwood floors and iron fireplace hardware add a quaint, old-world charm to this immaculate establishment making it a unique venue your guests won’t forget.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate wedding ceremony under a gazebo, fun birthday dinner, elegant tea or private business luncheon, the 200-year-old Historic Kirkwood House is the perfect location for your next event.


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